Nozawa Onsen Ski/Snowboarding and Dosojin Fire Festival Trip

2018 January 13-16 (Saturday-Tuesday)

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano

A crazy local winter festival that surely you don't wanna miss!

This Trip Features;

  • Dosojin Fire Festival; one of the craziest festivals in Japan
  • Four (4) days of ski/snowboarding at Nozawa Onsen; widely considered by many as the best ski resort in Japan in lots of aspects; mountain/resort layout, consistent powder, snow and weather, amazing tree runs, backcountry, accessibility/location, apres ski bars, onsens, traditional town and very friendly locals
  • Well located lodge (just for our group) only 1min walk from Nagasaka gondola
  • Breakfast and dinner included in the package (Very convenient)
  • Try all the 13 free public onsens (A unique cultural experience)
  • 7:45pm Friday (Jan 12) departure to make the most out of the trip
  • Free beginners ski/snowboarding lesson
  • Free sake (Japanese wine) offered by some shops on your way to the festival
  • Fun apres-ski parties

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Jan 15-16 (Mon-Tue) are weekdays so you might have to take 2 days off work to join this amazing trip

The Dosojon Fire Festival Trip is always a riot!

Trip Itinerary

Friday (Jan 12)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7:30pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Have some drinks, chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive in Nozawa Onsen around 0:30am
  • Check-in at the lodge
  • Go straight to sleep (or Heaven for a beer or two)

Saturday (Jan 13)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Visit one of the FREE public onsens
  • Relax at the lodge/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Apres-ski party at our local bar (Heaven)

Sunday (Jan 14)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Visit one of the FREE public onsens
  • Relax at the lodge/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Watch the Dosojin Fire Festival (7:30pm-10)
  • Apres-ski party at one of the local bars

Monday (Jan 15)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Visit one of the FREE public onsens
  • Relax at the lodge/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Apres-ski party at one of the local bars

Tuesday (Jan 16)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-3pm)
  • Visit one of the FREE public onsens
  • Change clothes/get ready
  • Get on the bus at 4pm
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 8:30pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • Four (4) nights 'shared' lodge accommodation
  • Breakfast for Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
  • Dinner from Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax

Extras (Pay on the day);

  • One (1) lift pass (4,300yen) *Discounted rate
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (9,000yen for 4 days) *Good quality
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (9,000yen for 4 days) *Good quality
  • Ski jacket/pants/gloves set rental (9,000yen for 4 days)
  • Gloves rental (1,500yen for 4 days)
  • Goggles rental (1,500yen for 4 days)
  • Helmet rental (2,100yen for 4 days)
  • Private room for 2 persons (6,000yen/person for 4 nights)

Discounts;

  • No bus transportation (8,000yen) *If you want to come by train or car
  • Birthday on Jan 12-16 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,000yen) *Pay before 3pm on Dec 13
  • Group of 4 or more (2,000yen/person) *Group leader/name required
Price: 43,900Yen
Space left: 22 out of 28

Important Notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • Ski/snowboarding off-piste is strictly prohibited.
  • You MUST have your own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) to be able join.
  • Rooms will be allocated to your preference.
  • Minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 persons per room.
  • Male/Female only rooms are available.
  • Group of friends can have their own room.
  • Private room for 2 persons available for an extra fee on a first-come/first-served basis (limited rooms).
  • Our lodge is located just a minute walk to/from Nagasaka gondola.
  • Lunch not provided but available at the ski resort.
  • Free ski/snowboarding lesson is on Saturday (Jan 13) from 9:30am until 12pm.
  • You don't need a lift pass to join our free ski/snowboarding lessons. However, if you're a fast learner and would want to ride the chairlifts, you can buy a "ride ticket" which costs around 300-350yen per ride. On average, beginners only take the chairlifts 4-5 times the entire weekend. Some beginners, not at all!
  • We will try to accommodate all dietary requirements. However, we are unable to guarantee the hotel/lodge can cater for every meal.
  • Soap, shampoo and rinse are provided in the bath (ofuro).
  • Towels available for rent at the lodge for 200yen.
  • You can send your gear by delivery service (takkyubin) to the hotel. Address will be provided upon request.
  • You must check out of your room before 10am on Tuesday (Jan 16), and put your belongings in the luggage room before going ski/snowboarding.
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Skis/poles/boots
  • Snowboard/boots
  • Ski jacket/pants/gloves
  • Ski goggles
  • Helmet
  • Winter/warm clothes
  • Beanie/hat
  • Winter gloves
  • Comfortable shoes/socks
  • Towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Music player
  • Book (to read on the bus)
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

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